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Colombian Arepas with Cheese Filling

This recipe for Colombian Arepas uses four ingredients and takes 30 minutes from start to finish. And they’re just dripping with mozzarella cheese. Keep reading for the recipe! 
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Colombia
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 8 arepas

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Masarepa, I use yellow
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil for pan frying
  • 2 cups + 2 tbsp Water
  • ¾ lb mozzarella cheese, cut into strips

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, place the masarepa and the salt. Stir to combine, then form a well in the middle.
  • Little by little pour the water into the well. Use your hands to mix and knead the dough lightly until all water is combined. Cover with a towel and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Separate the dough into 8 sections and roll each section into a ball. Press the ball flat in your hand until about ½” thick. Press the edges with your hands so that no cracks form.
  • Heat 2 tbsp vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet until warm. Place four arepas in the pan, cover and heat over low-medium heat for 6 minutes. Flip, cover, and heat on the other side for about 8 minutes, or until a crust is formed on both sides.
  • Remove the arepas from the stove. When cooled enough to handle, use a serrated knife to slice the arepas in half. Layer the inside with mozzarella cheese. Place back in the cast iron for about 5 minutes, just until the cheese gets melty. Enjoy!

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